Old Worthington Businesses in the 1940's?
The photo is compliments of Dok1 on Flickr, Don O'Brien. Don O'Brien grew up in the Worthington area and photographed the streets of Worthington, primarily in the 1930s and 1940s. The businesses are car dealerships and a gas station? Looks like there was a car wash... maybe "service station."
Don O'Brien wrote about the photo on Flickr:
"The view is of the east side of High Street (US23) just north of New England. Clark Chevrolet is at the left and Worthington Motor Sales in the center."
He identifies the photo as 1949 and says he took it for a geography class at OSU.
Old Worthington Businesses today...
I think from Don O'Brien's description Clark Chevrolet is Graeter's today.... This photo of the north east corner of High Street and New England Avenue would be where House Wine is now.... and other Worthington businesses including Rivage Atlantique, the new restaurant in Worthington.
"Fine Lines' is at 657 High Street in Worthington, in Old... Olde Worthington. The story goes the building on High Street just north of the Worthington Inn was built in 1890 as a general store." Or is that just a ghost story? There are some newer buildings mixed in among the true old buildings.
New businesses in Old Worthington - Future
Real Living HER Worthington is moving to the Kilbourne Commercial Building. Real Living HER is moving downtown... Most recently housing The Curio Cabinet, the building known as the Kilbourne Commercial Building has been many things before. The Kilbourne Commercial Building was Corbin's Funeral Home. It was an inn or tavern in stage coach days. It was a residence. A surveyors office, James Kilbourne, founder of Worthington was a surveyor.
The south end of the Kilbourne Commercial Building is going to be an "oil" business. My source for "what's going on in Worthington?" assures me that it is not a Jiffy Lube going in next door to Real Living HER, Ohio's oldest continually used commercial building. I read someplace that is the claim to fame for the Kilbourne Commercial Building.
Peacock Lane Home opened in the building that was Connells Maple Lee Flowers... Maple Lee before that... we visited a week ago Saturday.
Further south... south of South Street, the restaurant that was Guido's then something else... combination of the words Clintonville or Beechwold and Worthington? On High St. just south of W. Selby. The building had been a Thai or other Asian restaurant in the early 90s... I asked what was going there recently and was told it was going to be shops.
Don O'Brien Dok1 on Flickr's photo is shared with a Creative Commons license which allows me to use this photo here. Visit his Flickr photo stream for lots of old photos of the Worthington area intermixed with photos of his other interests and travels.